Oh the irony. How delicious….
On one hand we have the very public spectacle of a building owner in New Regent Street facing public condemnation from the other building owners about her reticence to repair her units in the New Regent Street and the pain that this is causing the other retail and hospitality businesses. Links Here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/77313150/editorial-new-regent-st-standoff-completely-unacceptable
Apparently the pressure applied upon this women has now borne fruit and she is in the process of making her building in New Regent Street safe.
And Now, we have lower High Street. The Street totally abandoned by a multitude of building owners, CERA, CCC and Heritage advocates alike. It really is time now for some one to take an interest in what is happening here, having me being a lone voice in the wilderness is pretty pointless.
CERA is the major building owner of 7 units in the street. The other building owners (Webb, Lovell-Smith, Spinks, Rose, Rama) are conspicuous by their absence.
The properties that CERA owns will soon to be transferred to Otakaro Ltd. One of the myriad of organisations that will replace CERA in Mid April. A crown owned entity. (Same old s….. just another new re-branded crown entity).
“Peter Townsend and Miriam Dean to join Crown company board”. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the newly named Otakaro Limited would continue to “build on what we are achieving” when it took over from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority later this year. link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/76988371/Peter-Townsend-and-Miriam-Dean-to-join-Crown-company-board
Build on what we are achieving? yes, really? I hope they do a better job than CERA has in High Street. I have serious doubts that the new board members have any experience or interest in selling real Estate let alone a Heritage building in High Street. (Townsend’s performance to date is the subject of much “robust debate” amongst the building owners that I know).
CERA has owned the buildings in High Street since August and October 2013. In that time they have: fenced off the street…… inspected the buildings, re-inspected the buildings, re-inspected the re-inspections …. etc etc you get the picture.
The irony is that these buildings have not been “made safe” under their own section 38’s “make safe” orders. The notorious section 38’s that they so blithely handed out to private building owners after the February 2011 earthquake. Now you may ask how does this work? It appears to be a case of “do as I say but not as I do”. CERA has not lifted a finger since 2013 to make safe the frontages of the Duncan’s Buildings or attempted to limit further damage from the ongoing quakes.
This is part of a city-wide issue that CERA did not address in their 5 plus years in power. Building owners abandoned their buildings, for numerous reasons – and in the end those that stayed and tried to do the right thing have been penalised.
A word of advice to other building owners in the country. If you ever face the situation that we have found ourselves in. DO NOT REPAIR YOUR HERITAGE BUILDING. Pull it down. It is not economic to wait 5 plus years for neighbouring building owners to get their act together.
And now they have a problem. As of a few weeks ago we had another 5.7, 4.9 and 4.4 quake. Whoop’s! Now, the communal I beam that runs through all the units has lost one of its support pillars – this was predictable. The verandah is now sagging and should have been propped 5 years ago and there is now a serious risk that with another good shake the frontage of 145 will collapse taking a good proportion of the others with it. Note: The failure of the structural support has already caused damage to our frontage. (I am about to check out consequential Liability).
The CCC compliance team was notified on the 16 March 2016. Technically CERA the building owner, has 10 working days to make safe from this day. Note: that is not working days, this includes weekends. That is what they did to all the building owners in the city. (The problem is there is no one home at CERA, the staff are too busy clearing their desks… and have been for the last 6 months).
The count so far: 18 days…… please explain?????
So what happens now? Watch this space! This is going to get really interesting……
Ho humm … this is almost getting to be fun.